Top Headlines: United notifies employees of possible layoffs, Elective surgeries may be short-lived

United Airlines Tells 36,000 Employees They Might Lose Their Jobs
United Airlines notified 36,000 employees, about 45 percent of the company’s domestic employees, that they may lose their jobs on or after Oct. 1, the earliest date that airlines that received government-funded payroll grants can eliminate jobs under the terms of the CARES Act. — Washington Post

Toyota Alabama Steps Closer to Increased Engine Production
Toyota Alabama achieved two milestones this month as part of its $288 million expansion, originally announced in March 2019. Upon completion in 2021, the plant will add 450 new jobs and represent a $1.2 billion investment that solidifies the Huntsville facility as the automaker’s largest engine producer in North America. — Press Release

Resumption of elective surgeries in the US to be short-lived
GlobalData anticipates that elective procedures will soon be postponed once again across the country. Huntsville Hospital has started to postpone elective procedures that require inpatient stays. However, the hospital will continue outpatient procedures. GlobalData expects that additional hospitals in the state will follow suit. — Medical Device

UAB awarded $1 million for COVID-19 telehealth efforts
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has received $1 million from the Federal Communications Commission to facilitate the massive telehealth transition that occurred during the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency. — UAB News

$100 Million Alabama Small Business Grant Program
Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced a $100 million grant program to support small businesses in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. — Press Release

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PPP loan can’t save Alabama carrier from bankruptcy
Alabama-based Foster Freights LLC of Clayton, Alabama recently filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, despite receiving a loan to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). — Yahoo Finance

Pioneer Utility Resources Acquires WordSouth
Pioneer Utility Resources, a communications and marketing cooperative based in Hillsboro, Oregon, has acquired Alabama-based WordSouth, a marketing and communications agency with particular expertise in rural broadband marketing and a full suite of agency services. — Press Release

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